I grew up in the First Ward and went to
St. Lucy's grammar school. They were the best years of my life.
We lived at 120 8th Avenue, across from the Victoria Castle. We
used to sit on the corner and tell jokes until our parents dragged
During the summer we would go to Benny's Lemon Ice Store on High
Street and during the day, go to the Clifton Avenue Pool across
from Branchbrook Park.
The feast of Saint Gerard was something to look forward to!! Eat
sausage sandwiches, ezapola, etc. I remember seeing Joe DiMaggio
and Phil Rizzuto having dinner at a restaurant near the church.
Some friends and I were looking in the window, we were young !!
I was looking at some old stuff and came across my little autograph
book I got when I graduated from St. Lucy's and there was a page
with Rizzuto's signature on it and one with Yogi Berra's on it,
I remember all the great bakeries. Saul's drugstore, the Army and
Navy Store on 7th Avenue where i used to get my blue jeans for five
dollar's a pair and they were called dungarees at that time.
I loved all of it and would gladly go back and live those years
again if i could. I live in Dover now.
I graduated Barringer in 1954 and attended my 50th reunion recently.
love the ward and everybody in it.